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  • Over 500 methods for social innovation
  • Shodh Yatra. Organised by the Honey Bee Network. Shodh Yatra is a journey of discovery and exploration. In one week, a motley crew of farmers, researchers, scientists, policy makers, public servants, social innovators walk hundreds of kilometres across rural India to unearth and discover grassroots innovation. These innovations in health, nutrition, farming, conservation and biodiversity are then disseminated and shared across the Honey Bee Network.
  • This is what we’re trying to do with Dialogue Caf é - we’re creating the world’s first public videoconferencing network - specifically designed for people and organisations with a social, educational or cultural mission – to provide a platform for discovering and disseminating innovation.
  • The project started 2 years ago – inside Cisco’s internal innovation unit IBSG. The basic idea was to see how Cisco’s video conferencing technology (TelePresence) could be used for social good.
  • First step was a pilot project with Central St Martin’s College in London, Bilgi University in Istanbul and NYU in New York. The research was led by students who explored 2 main things: 1) factors such as light, sound and space and 2) the kinds of interactions that could be enabled through the technology. They organised jam sessions, dance performances, speed dating and a sleepover.
  • They had two main conclusion: 1) the enormous potential of this technology to enable new kinds of interactions and collaborations and 2) that it is not enough to put a screen in a room – you have to design the environment around the screen. So, we enlisted the support of Tangerine, a design agency based in London.
  • The brief was to take the best of the technology (people are life size, there is no delay in terms of sound or image – and to re-create, as far as possible, the sensation that people are in the same room – but places this in a more informal, social and flexible setting.
  • Tangerine designed the D i alogue Caf é pod forwhich we won a Good Design award. Provides intimacy and privacy but is also flexible - the back wall can be removed to enable larger, more physically interactive activities. During the design stage, Cisco brought on board the UN Alliance of Civilizations, the Anna Lindh Foundation and the Gulbenkian Foundation – and the Dialogue Caf é project was spun out into an independent non profit organisation – the Dialogue Caf é A s sociation.
  • Dialogue Cafes are now open in three cities: Lisbon, Amsterdam and Rio. In L i sbon, we’re based at MUDE (managed by the G u lbenkian Foundation), in Amsterdam, the Dialogue Café is based at the Waag Society and in Rio, at the University of Candido Mendes.
  • What happen s in a Dialogue Café? We have three main target audiences: education (schools above),
  • Social (foundations, charities and social enterprises) and cultural organisations and performances. Experimental music session. Aim is to promote social innovation and cross-cultural dialogue.
  • Here are some of the events we’ve organised – clockwise from top left, jam session, launch in Rio and Lisbon.
  • More events: students discussing multi-culturalism and learning about Maslaha, showcasing social projects in Rio and Lisbon.
  • Future Smart Cities 2 last week – bringing together social scientists, policy makers, designers, social innovators, architects etc to explore the opportunities and challenges of an aging society. The role of ICT; the role of design and user led approaches and; also smart architecture. The view from Amsterdam.
  • This is the view from London – Lisbon on the left, Amsterdam in the middle and New york on the right. On Friday – we ’ re partnering with SIX to organise an event with 12 cities for the launch of a new book by Christian Bason – Leading Public Sector Innovation. We will organise many more events as the network grows……
  • The next Dialogue Caf é will be in Ramallah, in the West Bank – where we will be opening in April. We are partnering with the Business Women ’ s Forum, the Paltel Group Foundation and the Municipality of Ramallah. First event – SIX: Social Innovation Landscape in Ramallah.
  • I n the next few months, we will open in Wroclaw at Mediateca; in Helsinki which will be the Global Capital of Design in 2012; London as part of th e new British Innovation Gateway and in Lille with the support of the Mayor, with Lille 3000 at the Gare Saint Sauver.
  • Sao Paulo, with the EDP Foundation, in Tel Aviv at the Bialik Rogozin school, in Oslo with the Norwegian Development Agency, NORAD and in Brisbane with the support of the municipality.
  • Later in the year, i n Florence, Vancouver, San Francisco and Cairo.
  • We’re hoping to have between 10 and 15 Dialogue Cafes open in the next 12 months. And as the network grows, there will be many more opportunities for collaborations, conversations, events and activities. What’s next? I t depends on you! This is your platform. W e invite you to join us at Dialogue Caf é But we also need your help to spread and grow the network – if you would like to know more then come and find me after the presentations or tomorrow. Thank you!
  • Dialogue Cafe Brussels Presentation

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    2. 9. Amsterdam
    3. 16. Ramallah
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